Douglas A-1H Skyraider – The Good Buddha, 1st SOS, 56th SOW, Vietnam 1968
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Hobby MasterHA2915: Douglas A-1H Skyraider “The Good Buddha” SN#34609, 1st SOS, 56th SOW, Nakhon Phanom 1968
Length 6.5 inches Wingspan 8.25 inches
Originally called the 1st Air Commando Squadron they served two tours during the Vietnam War, July 8, 1963 until November 7, 1972 with the second tour taking place from December 15, 1972 until January 28, 1973. In August 1968 they were re-designated the 1st SOS. During their tours the 1st SOS flew 4 types of aircraft with the Douglas A-1H Skyraider being the final. Based at Nakhon Phanom RTAFB their primary mission was interdiction flights over the Ho Chi Minh Trail and supporting pilot rescues as well as training South Vietnam pilots counter-insurgency operations.
Designed by Douglas’ chief engineer Ed Heinemann, the A1 was first flown on March 18th, 1945. Used in Vietnam for close air support and for providing cover for combat rescue missions, the Skyraider was valued for its ability to devastate enemy ground targets. It had four 20-mm guns installed in the wings, and could be equipped with additional combinations of bombs, mines, gun pods and rockets. The Skyraider was large for a single-engine, single-seat low monoplane-its bigger-than-average fuselage had plenty of space for modification and could be used for carrying passengers, medical provisions or heavy cargo.